Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Popular Chapter Books for Girls

The next blog cruise topic for The Schoolhouse Review Crew is Summer Reading for Girls. One of the things we enjoy doing every summer is participating in summer reading programs in our area. My little bookworm of a daughter tends to get lost in books more often during this time period. Alyssa is an avid reader. She will read her favorite chapter books just about anywhere . . . in her closet, at the beach, in the car, at the store, on top of the dryer, on the countertops, to Bailey (the dog) at the library, at the table, on her bed, outside, and even upside-down on the couch. I wanted to feature a list of her favorite chapter book titles.
Reading to her father on the countertops in the laundry room .
My little cowgirl reading on the bean bag.
We already read several of the books mentioned in the list. There's no way we'll get through all of the books during the summer months, because several series contain numerous books. I believe this list is a great place for us to start! I hope you will also find this list of chapter books useful. A handful of these books were popular when I taught second and third grade in the public school system. May your summer be full of reading enjoyment and entertainment!

1.) Lamplighter Books
Here is a list of the books we own and love.
I wish I could purchase a few more of these books. They are truly wonderful! Do you have children ages 6-11? Click on the link that takes you straight to the Best Books for Young Boys and Girls.

2.) The Animal Tales Poppy Book Series by Avi
  • Ragweed
  • Poppy
  • Poppy and Rye
  • Ereth's Birthday
  • Poppy's Return
  • Poppy and Ereth
There are teaching guides available for each book. Would you like to listen to Avi read track samples from the first three books? Click on the word track samples above. Alyssa recently finished reading Poppy as part of her Moving Beyond the Page curriculum. You can read my review for the Poppy Language Arts and the Life Cycles Science units if you are curious about our learning adventures. We just checked out Ereth's birthday yesterday, because she finished Poppy and Rye last week as well.

3.) Sonrise Stable Horse Book Series
We loved reading Rosie and Scamper! My daughter enjoyed this book and we hope our library will soon carry the entire series. We received our e-book copy free through Educents. The Educents free e-book deal is over but you can read about the beginning of our experience with the book here.

Wow! I am so excited I found this offer the other day. Sonrise Stables is offering a free copy of any other book in the series for a limited-time if you post a review on Amazon for any Sonrise Stable book. Do you have any of the books? If so, read the book aloud and post your review so you can read another this summer. They offer is only available until 50 reviews are posted per book. Good luck! Click on the link to read about this Free Book Offer.

4.) Circle C Adventures: Wholesome Books for Kids by Susan K. Marlow
The Schoolhouse Review Crew is reviewing two of the recently released Goldtown Adventures books. You can read the reviews here when they are posted.
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Our library finally started carrying the Circle C Beginnings: The Adventures of Andi and Taffy series for children ages 6-9. My daughter has read and LOVED all of the books! Check out the coloring pages, lapbooks, paper dolls, and free activities to go with this series.

5.) The Little House of the Prairie Book Series
I hope to start reading this series aloud this summer. Alyssa developed an interest in reading them after we reviewed Diana Waring's Experience History Through Music set. You can find a complete Little House on the Prairie lapbook set at Marine Corps Nomads created by an amazing blogger named Heather. What an awesome blessing to us all.

I am not going to list this entire series, but we choose books based on Alyssa's interest or topics we are studying. Have you seen the Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures program? My Library and Passport is a great way to track your child's progress through the series. The Teacher's Club Resource Center contains teaching guides for you reading journeys. You'll find a photo of the first book below so you can get started soon. This was a very popular children's series when I taught at a public school. Some books may contain content about evolution. My daughter loves the the books series and enjoys watching The Magic School Bus Complete DVD Collection. She learns a lot when reading and viewing the shows.

7.) Elsie Dinsmore Series
This old-fashioned Christian series is new in our home, but has captured my six-year-old daughter's attention. This series is great for teaching Godly character traits and obedience. 

8.) The American Girl Books
My daughter watched an American Girl movie called McKenna Shoots for the Stars which sparked her interest in reading this series after I told her the several of the books were available in some libraries. I am hoping we'll be able to borrow Saige from the library.
9.) Pony Pals Book Series written by Jeanne Betancourt
This link provides you with more information about books suitable for different age ranges. Club Pony Pals may be of interest if your children are horse lovers and enjoy this series.

10.) Cam Jansen Mysteries written by David A. Adler. Study guides are available for several book titles. 

11.) Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Have you seen the Official Flat Stanley Project? There are Curriculum Ideas and Flat Stanley Templates? This is a fun series I am sure your child will enjoy reading. 

12.) Ramona Series written by Beverly Cleary
Have you met Ramona? I use these books to discuss behavior and good character traits. Ramona tends to get in a lot of trouble. We have DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Alyssa recently started this series. The teaching guide may be helpful as you read aloud the books. The first book Alyssa read from this series was Beezus and Ramona, because we watched the movie as a family.  

13.) Judy Moody Book Series
Click on the Teacher and Parents tab for the teacher's guides and activity kits. 

14.) Amber Brown Series written by Paula Danziger
Good Reads lists the book titles in this series. This book series addresses the struggles and life of a young girl whose parents are divorced.

15.) Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
E.B. White is an author of many award-winning books. These children's books are a delight to read. 

The next few classic books are also available as audiobooks from Books Should be Free. You can find the hard copy version of the classics in almost any library if you don't already own them. Please visit my Books Should Be Free post at A Learning Journey to see Alyssa's Top Ten Audiobooks from the website. Several books are mentioned below. Books Should be Free is an amazing website that we use it all the time! You'll find plenty of books to read or listen to with your family for FREE.

You will notice that several books listed below are from The Great Illustrated Classics which is another set of books I plan on reading aloud or making available for Alyssa to independently read.  

16.) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

17.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

18.) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

19.) The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

20.) Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

21.) Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

22.) Heidi written by Johanna Spyri

What are your favorite chapter books for girls? I would love to hear your suggestions!
Please leave me a comment below.

Please Note: Boys may enjoy several of the books mentioned.

Click on the button below or visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to read many other suggestions for Summer Reading for Girls.

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  1. Wow! What a great list. I'm pinning this for future reference. I have a few books from the Great Classics series (the Pride and Prejudice etc.) I had forgotten about Elsie Dinsmore! Thank you for the reminder.

  2. I'll have to pin this! Thanks for more ideas. :)

  3. Oh, I am definitely pinning this. I needed some more ideas of books to read to my girls. So many of these I haven't even heard of. We have read Flat Stanley and my daughter has enjoyed reading a few of the Magic Tree House books already. We are currently reading Charlotte's Web because our last MFW units have been on farm animals. This is a wonderful list, thank you so much for sharing.

  4. We've never really participated in summer reading programs. Sometimes we'd sign up at the library. I have *never* had an issue with getting my girls to read. In fact I had to come up with a "play outside instead of just reading a book all summer long" program. We are an avid family of readers :D

  5. My daughter has read and enjoyed many of the books on your list. I've pinned this for later reference.

  6. Thank you for the resource! Pinning. :)